Coach Bob Stoops sometimes shows the team film clips from previous years. This week, players watched highlights from the 1976 OU-Nebraska game.
â€œThey said that was the start of Sooner Magic,â€ said wide receiver Ryan Broyles. â€œI feel we need some more of that Sooner magic.â€
Broyles said it was entertaining to see old uniforms and TV graphics.
â€œIt was a different type of game,â€ Broyles said. â€œIt was a lot slower. The swagger wasn't like it is now. The camera (angle) wasn't that good. Their jerseys were huge. It just wasn't right.
â€œIt's not a knock on those guys. They didn't know any better then just like when my kids will come here to play we're going to look ancient, too.â€
HUSKERS RELY ON GROUND GAME
Stopping the run is a defense's top priority every week, especially when facing Nebraska.
The Cornhuskers rank eighth nationally in rushing offense. Nebraska has three of the conference's top 10 rushers â€” Roy Helu Jr. (1,120 yards), Taylor Martinez (974) and Rex Burkhead (822).
Hampered by ankle and toe injuries, Martinez reportedly won't be 100 percent. But the Cornhuskers will still rely on their running game even if Cody Green plays quarterback.
â€œThey want to take time off the clock,â€ said OU linebacker Travis Lewis. â€œThey want to get downhill on you. They have a great offensive line.â€
SOONERS WARY OF PLAY-ACTION
The Cornhuskers are so ground oriented that they can lull safeties to sleep. Nebraska calls running plays 70 percent of the time. The Huskers passed for a league-low 1,862 yards, but nearly half of those yards were big plays off play-action passes.
â€œThat's the challenge,â€ said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. â€œIt's like that field corner. They haven't thrown it. They haven't thrown it. And all of a sudden they do throw it. They use their speed and try to get behind you. It takes discipline. You have to play every single play with a sense of desperation.â€
Defensive backs coach Willie Martinez said: â€œThe first thing, is you have to defend the run and they're very good at running the ball. But if you're very good at that, then the play-action pass is tough to defend. We need to try and get them in longer yardage (situations).â€
STEVENS' KICKS PROVIDE MOMENTUM
From a defensive perspective Lewis said kicker Jimmy Stevens converting 10 of his last 11 field goals does more than put three points on the board.
â€œAs a defense, if they miss a field goal that's a huge lift for us,â€ Lewis said. â€œIf they drive all the way down the field and miss a field goal it's a huge boost to our defense. When we come out, the next series we're fired up because we got a stop. They did all that work and got nothing.â€
FACING OU'S UP-TEMP OFFENSE
Nebraska safety DeJon Gomes was asked the biggest challenge to facing an up-tempo OU offense that ran 107 plays last week in a win over Oklahoma State.
â€œJust being prepared mentally,â€ Gomes said. â€œYou have to get lined up and know your responsibilities because they're going to be on the ball fast. I think last year when we played them they had about 100 snaps.â€
OU had 87 snaps in a 10-3 loss in Lincoln but were plagued by missed red zone opportunities, three missed field goals and five Landry Jones interceptions.
JONES PLAYING MORE
Jarvis Jones made his second start this season against OSU, replacing Donald Stephenson at left tackle. Both players rotated and spelled Eric Mensik at right tackle. Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said both need to play more consistently.
â€œDonald has been a little hot and cold and Jarvis the same way,â€ Wilson said. â€œThey're both not complete or finished all the time but have shown flashes of being very good. They're capable of playing well against good players.â€
CORNHUSKERS RETURN TO ARLINGTON
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was asked if playing in last year's Big 12 title game in Cowboys Stadium will help with the â€œawe factorâ€ of playing in Jerry Jones' gaudy stadium.
â€œI thought our guys reacted well to it last year and don't think there was an awe factor for our guys,â€ Pelini said. â€œWe've been in a lot of different situations. I didn't feel like it was a factor last year. (But) anytime you've been through something once, it should help you.â€